I love making blouses for myself and I often share them here with only a partial tutorial. I tend to say “start with a basic blouse pattern” vaguely which doesn’t really help you! So I thought I’d share how I draft my basic blouse patterns. This basic blouse is the basis for all of my loose fitting blouses. I love the silhouette and love that these look really cute belted, too!
Here are some of the blouses I’ve made with this basic pattern drafting method:
The Posey Blouse
Bias Tape Bow Neckline Blouse
Scallop Front Men’s shirt refashion
Ruffle Yoke Blouse
Then use a ruler to draw out the side seam.
You really only need to trace the top curve, which is the tricky part. You can make the sleeve as long or as short as you want. I labeled this piece “sleeve”. Isn’t that cute! You can probably tell that it’s a sleeve, haha. :)
The only thing left is facings. Here’s my tutorial on drafting and sewing facings.
And then you’re done! BAM! Your very own blouse pattern made for you! Now you can make any sort of blouse you want! I’ll be building on this pattern in the next few months. I’ll show you how to make different blouses all from the same exact pattern. It will be so fun! You can also transfer this basic pattern to a thicker manilla paper or kraft paper to keep it nice and neat for you. Then you can trace another one each time you need to use it.
Now go make yourself a ruffled posey blouse, or maybe a ruffle yoke blouse…
go make a blouse!